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Ben Stokes stars with ball as Rising Pune Supergiant return to top four

Ben Stokes bowled Rising Pune Supergiant to victory
Ben Stokes bowled Rising Pune Supergiant to victory

Rising Pune Supergiant 160-6 (Tripathi 45) beat
Mumbai Indians 157-8 (Rohit 58) by three runs
28th match, Indian Premier League, Wankhede Stadium

Ben Stokes picked two wickets and conceded just 21 runs as Rising Pune Supergiant successfully defended 160 runs against Mumbai Indians and sealed a three-run victory in the 28th match of the Indian Premier League at Wankhede Stadium.

Mumbai won the toss and elected to field first. Ajinkya Rahane (38) and Rahul Tripathi (45) scored five boundaries and two sixes between them to take Pune to 48 for naught in the powerplay.

The 50-run opening stand came off 38 deliveries and both Rahane and Tripathi upped the ante in the eighth over when they plundered three boundaries combined.

Karn Sharma (2-39) provided some respite for Mumbai as he had Rahane caught and bowled in the 10th over and in his next over he had Tripathi caught at long off. He had a golden opportunity to snare Steven Smith (17) but Harbhajan Singh (1-20) dropped a sitter at deep square leg.

However, Harbhajan made amends in the next over when he castled Smith and soon Pune also lost Ben Stokes (17) and MS Dhoni (7). A 13-ball cameo from Manoj Tiwary (22) proved vital as Pune posted 160 for six in their 20 overs. The wicket of Smith was also Harbhajan's 200th wicket in T20s.

In the chase, Parthiv Patel (33) and Jos Buttler (17) three boundaries apiece to take the score to 35 for naught in the first four overs.

Stokes (2-21) bowled a brilliant fifth over where he removed his England team-mate Buttler and more importantly did not concede a run of it to dent Mumbai's momentum.

As the runs were hard to come, Mumbai reached 60 for three in nine overs, losing Patel and Nitish Rana (3) in it. Rohit Sharma (58) struck two boundaries in the 10th over as Mumbai needed 93 runs in the second half.

Karn (11) was dropped in the covers by Tiwary and he further responded with a six off the next delivery. It was Stokes once again, who brought Pune into the game when he had Karn castled but with two sixes and three boundaries from Rohit, the target came down to 39 runs off the final four overs.

Imran Tahir (1-32) provided a brilliant 17th over, where he conceded just four runs and snared the wicket of Kieron Pollard (9). Rohit reached his fifty off 33 deliveries and Mumbai needed 24 runs off the final two overs.

Just when Mumbai were looking to tee off, Stokes bowled a decisive penultimate over in which he conceded just seven runs and the home side could manage only 13 runs off the final over, thereby losing the game by three runs.

Stokes was awarded the player of the match for his brilliant bowling performance as Mumbai's six match winning streak came to an end.

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